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Chico State students sound off on Super Bowl XLIX


Some people know it as the first Sunday of February, others as the day with all the great commercials.

Super Bowl Sunday is celebrated by people of every gender, race and age group in the U.S. Whether it’s the game, food, commercials or just an excuse to get together with your friends and family, Super Bowl XLIX has arrived.

Not everyone who watches the Super Bowl is a football fan, and some may not even know who the competing teams are.

Corinne Brunckhurst, junior business information systems major, is more of a baseball fan than a football fan.

“I have no clue at all who is playing, mainly because I am a baseball fan,” Brunckhurst said. “I am only watching it for the commercials.”

According to Sporting Charts, 100 million viewers tune in to the Super Bowl each year. While it is a celebrated event for many, this year’s game has been the center of controversy.

The New England Patriots had their footballs checked at halftime in a game against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18, and the referees found that 11 of their 12 balls were deflated. The National Football League is looking into whether the deflation of the balls was an intentional act on the part of the Patriots.

Alex Herman, senior liberal studies major, thinks that the Patriots should still be able to compete.

“I think they should be allowed to play still,” Herman said. “Anything to beat the Seahawks.”

Besides the football controversy, to some, a Super Bowl may only be as good as its commercials. According to TIME magazine, a 30-second commercia aired during the Super Bowl will cost $3.5 million on average.

Danielle Bakalar, senior liberal studies major, shared her favorite Super Bowl commercial from last year.

“The Budweiser puppy commercials are my favorite,” Bakalar said. “They’re the best.”

But even in the midst of controversy, some football fans at Chico State are still rooting for the Patriots to bring in that title.

Mikey Halliday, junior business management major, wants the Patriots to win the game but thinks that the Seahawks might bring home the bacon.

“My gut feeling is the Seahawks will win the game, unfortunately,” Halliday said. “But I would love to see the Patriots win and dethrone the Seahawks.”

Jason Spies can be reached at [email protected] or @Jason_Spies on Twitter.

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